For once, PMQs is not the main attraction on a Wednesday. The hot ticket today is Welsh Questions where Peter Hain faces the House for the first time since his latest funding troubles hit the headlines. Westminster watchers are intrigued to see how, Hain who is not beloved by his fellow MPs, is treated by his colleagues on the Labour side. Things have not got any easier for Hain with the Prime Minister’s intervention to describe Hain’s funding errors as “an incompetence.”
Even if Hain survive, his reputation is shot. His poor performance in the deputy leadership contest had already damaged his standing and the news about both how much money he spent coming fifth and just how long he’d been planning his run have turned him into a figure of fun.